hearken

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verb heark·en \ˈhär-kən\

Definition of hearken

hearkened

;

hearkening

play \ˈhärk-niŋ, ˈhär-kə-\
  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  listen hearkened without much mental comment — Theodore Dreiser

  3. 2 :  to give respectful attention the humble folk who hearkened to these evangelists — G. M. Stephenson

  4. transitive verb
  5. archaic :  to give heed to :  hear

Examples of hearken in a Sentence

  1. hearken! I hear the distant beat of the hooves of many horses

Origin and Etymology of hearken

Middle English herknen, from Old English heorcnian; akin to Old High German hōrechen to listen, Old English hīeran to hear


First Known Use: before 12th century


HEARKEN Defined for Kids

hearken

play
verb hear·ken \ˈhär-kən\

Definition of hearken for Students

hearkened

;

hearkening

  1. :  listen 1



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